The Germ Theory
Updated: Apr 16
Germs are everywhere.
The theory that germs or microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc) CAUSE disease known as the Germ Theory of Disease has been around for hundreds of years and is the theory that the mainstream medical system works off of when determining causation of infectious diseases. It is the theory that if you are sick and I am around you- breathing in the same air, touching the same things as you- then I WILL get sick too. But if you really think about it, that's not true because we all know that person who never gets sick even if they lick the same germ-infested spoon you were just using to stir your throat care tea to sooth your scratchy throat. So, we know then that this theory is not completely accurate and therefore worrying about microorganisms infecting us everywhere you go is not only tiresome and detrimental to your health (by causing emotional stress), the effort to change the outside environment to avoid germs is futile because there are billions upon billions of them in this world, including billions within your own body. In fact, most of the microbes within your body have important jobs to do to help you stay alive.
So then riddle me this: if there are billions of microbes in the world, and if the Germ Theory is true, why isn't every single one of us sick, all of the time? It is because germs do not CAUSE disease or infection, nor do they CAUSE death. If they did, then yes everyone would be either sick or dead right now. But that is not beneficial to the expansion of life on this planet so there has to be something else, something making sure that we stay alive even with all of these germs around us.
And that, my friend, is your Innate Intelligence. The natural healing and adapting powers you have WITHIN you that are constantly working to keep you alive from pretty much everything (even from a bear attack in the woods because your fight or flight kicks in).
Germs only cause a problem if the body is already sick (sick from a wellness or vitalistic point of view means a body that isn't functioning as well as it could or that is dysfunctional, which is also known as dis-ease or a body lacking the ease of wellness). Sickness or dysfunction in the body means that the body does not have the necessary things it needs to stay functional (normal, optimally healthy, well) but furthermore and more importantly, alive. These necessary things (what I call wellness requirements) are nerve supply, oxygen, nutrients, minimal wastes/toxins, and elevated frequencies of mental/emotional energy (present moment consciousness, positive self-talk, mindfulness, etc).
A lifestyle lacking these things in any way (even something as small as not getting enough water in the day) will always cause the normal, day to day processes of the body to be dysfunctional in some fashion. This includes the normal sensing and eliminating of infectious microorganisms by your immune system and is especially so if this way of living has been your entire life.
In other words, if your lifestyle supports the innate health of your body then your body keeps you healthy by killing/eliminating threats to it.
But when your lifestyle supports a body that can't kill the infectious germs you are exposed to on a minute-to-minute basis, the germs start making themselves at home by either growing in numbers within your body (in the case of bacteria) or taking over the machinery of your cells to produce more of itself (in the case of viruses). This of course gives them more opportunity to basically take over your body and cultivate an infection and possibly produce severe or life-threatening symptoms.
[Side note: mild symptoms can be normal in the infectious disease process to help the body eliminate the germs. We often forget that symptoms are there for a purpose and they aren't some inconvenient things that we need to quickly cover up with a medication. And just because we have symptoms, doesn't mean we aren't healthy. Symptoms are our bodies way of giving us information about its functional status and sometimes they are a part of a normal process in the body as in the case for the immune system response. Symptoms like fevers, runny noses, and sneezing are a necessary part of the immune system response to destroy and eliminate the germs that could lead to potential harm to the body. When we take over the counter or prescription medications to relieve these symptoms, we actually delay and therefore lengthen the healing response (keeping you sick longer) because the microorganisms are still present in the body and therefore can do more damage the longer they are there.]
It really comes down to the strength of your immune system that determines how you handle the germs around you… that determines if you do or do not get symptoms… that determines if you body allows an infection to happen.
If your immune system is strong, your body kills the pathogens (potentially harmful microorganisms) without major consequences: severe symptoms, organ failure, death (because yes this could happen if your immune system is suppressed and you get exposed to the wrong thing). And sometimes your body fights these potentially harmful germs without symptoms (known to the mainstream medical system as asymptomatic). Think about this: your body does a million and one different things all at once without you knowing about it, why would this be any different? Especially since there are germs everywhere, all of the time... your body doesn't need to tell you about every single microbe that you encounter (seriously, I think we would go crazy if we knew everything that went on inside of us).
Therefore, a microbe's infective ability or its ability to create an infection only comes about as a consequence of or correlation to your lifestyle.
The germ itself is not the actual cause of disease or infection.